By Brad Segall

By Brad Segall

DOYLESTOWN, Pa (CBS) — Tickets went on sale on Thursday for what’s expected to be one of the premier art exhibits in the Philadelphia area this year — a virtual who’s who of Italian Renaissance painters going on display at the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County.

The selection of 45 paintings and tapestries from the world renowned Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy goes on display in Doylestown April 21st. It’s the first time these famous works by Italian masters are being shown outside Europe and the Michener Museum is the only stop in the northeast.

Director and CEO Bruce Katsiff believes they chose Michener because of it’s proximity to a couple of major urban centers…

“They know that the Michener draws from both New York and Philadelphia,” said Katsiff. “And we have a new facility that we opened two years ago specifically with the goal of being able to bring on board these major international touring exhibitions.”

Katsiff said this collection is interesting because it examines classical art as an expression of spirituality.

“This is an exhibit that takes a look at the religious art that occurred in the Italian Renaissance and the exhibit actually traces the life of Jesus,” he added.

The exhibit, called “Offerings of the Angels,” will run through August 11th and Michener officials expect upwards of 150-thousand people to see it before it moves on late this summer.

Many of the works have not been on display to the public before.

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